Nithari killings: CBI court sentences Maninder Singh Pandher, Surinder Koli to death

A CBI court on Monday convicted businessman Maninder Singh Pandher and his domestic help Surender Koli to death in the Nithari serial rape and murder case, IANS said.

According to the news agency, special Judge Pawan Kumar Tripathi gave the ruling after finding them guilty of rape, murder, abduction and criminal conspiracy over the killing of a 20-year-old woman.

The case, the eighth of the several lodged in the serial rape-murders, was registered by the CBI under sections 302, 376, 364, 201 and 120(B) of the IPC on 29 December, 2006.

On Saturday, Tiwari pronounced the judgment and held the two guilty. Both Koli and Pandher, who were present in the court were taken into custody.

Maninder Singh Pandher. News18

Maninder Singh Pandher. News18

The court took stock of the arguments from prosecution lawyer JP Sharma who argued that scientific evidence has proved that Koli abducted, killed and raped the woman and tampered with the evidence.

On 5 October, 2006, the woman was returning home from work and passed by the road outside the D-5 residence of Pandher. Koli after killing her, beheaded her and threw the skull behind the house, which was recovered by the CBI.

The DNA of the skull matched with the parents of the deceased. Her clothes, which were recovered from Koli, were identified by the parents. Pandher was involved in the conspiracy of the crime, the court ruled.

Defence lawyer Devraj Singh contradicted the prosecution's argument and said that on the date of crime Pandher was not present at the crime spot. He said that it has been proved that on that date of the crime, Pandher was in Dehradun. However, after taking stock of arguments from both sides the court held them guilty.

The gruesome cases came to light in 2006 when the police discovered the skulls and bones of 16 persons, mostly children, from near Pandher's house in the Noida village of Nithari.

Earlier, many children had gone missing from the nearby slums of Nithari and their parents alleged that the police had ignored their complaints.

It was alleged that Koli would lure the children to the house, offering them sweets and chocolates, murder them and have sex with the corpses. He was also accused of cannibalism. He would throw the bones and other belongings into a ditch behind the house.

With inputs from IANS

Updated Date: Jul 24, 2017 14:32 PM

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